Abstract

Computerized analysis and display techniques are applied to the problem of identifying the origins of visually evoked scalped potentials (VESP’s). A new stimulus for VESP work, white noise, is being incorporated in the solution of this problem. VESP’s for white-noise stimulation exhibit time domain behavior similar to the classcial response for flash stimuli but with certain significant differences. Contour mapping algorithms are used to display the time behavior of equipotential surfaces on the scalp during the VESP. The electrical and geometrical parameters of the head are modeled. Electrical fields closely matching those obtained experimentally are generated on the surface of the model head by optimally selecting the location and strength parameters of one or two dipole current sources contained within the model. Computer graphics are used to display as a movie the actual and model scalp potential field and the parameters of the dipole generators within the model head during the time course of the VESP. These techniques are currently used to study retinotopic mapping, fusion, and texture perception in the human.

© 1977 Optical Society of America

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